“Mil Polleras Parade”

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Pag 9 Pollera_optPanama’s national costume, “la pollera” is one of the most beautiful in Latin America and to celebrate it hundreds of ladies will be wearing it on Saturday, January 11 to parade through the city streets of Las Tablas, Los Santos province in the 1,000 Polleras Parade (Desfile de las Mil Polleras).

The Mil Polleras parade which was first held in Panama City as a welcoming event to the Miss Universe Pageant participants in 2003, pays homage to the Andalusian inspired Panamanian Pollera, a hand-made gem which, with its jewelry, can cost upwards of $20,000 dollars.

The “Pollera” has a long history that goes back to colonial times, when the black slaves sewed them trying to imitate the wide skirt dresses used by Spanish women.

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